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A strange celebratory bonfire

Jubilee bonfire 1935
Royal Pavilion and Museums

The year is 1935 – the place – Windmill Hill Rottingdean.

But what is this rather strange construction – you might have guessed a bonfire – and you would be right.

It was built for George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935 on Windmill Hill in Rottingdean.

The caption on our image says it’s made from ‘barrels and packing crates’ in the shape of a house, which is only obvious if you look closer. What is the connection between the King’s Jubilee and a house shaped bonfire is beyond me.

Maybe you know – if so – please do tell.

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